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Man found guilty of shooting fireworks at Greenville officer

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A Greenville County jury found a man guilty of shooting fireworks at a police officer who was trying to arrest a teen during a July 4 fireworks war.

According to the solicitors office, Michael Sloan was found guilty of third-degree assault and battery by a mob involving bodily injury and sentenced to one year in prison suspended to three years probation and 500 community service hours.

Prosecutors said Sloan was involved in a dueling fireworks war between a group of men at the Westview Homes apartments on July 4, 2011.

Officers were called out to the apartments several times that night and on the third trip, solicitors said an officer tried to arrest a 16-year-old who had fired a mortar-style firework at a patrol car.

That's when Sloan and several others assaulted the officer, hitting him in the chest with a firework that exploded, leaving him with temporary hearing loss, according to prosecutors.

A judge said Sloan will have to undergo drug treatment, random testing and remain under a 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. curfew as part of his sentence.

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